King Charles was ‘displeased’ by Princess Anne and Prince Edward’s shooting party show of support for the Duke of York
- The siblings were spotted together two days before His Majesty’s 74th birthday
- A source said King Charles’ view is that Andrew should ‘not be in the public eye’
- Andrew is expected to be received by the King at Sandringham for Christmas
Relations at the top of the Royal Family turned decidedly frosty after Prince Andrew was spotted at a shooting party on the Windsor estate last Saturday with two of his siblings – a gathering from which King Charles has been keen to distance himself.
Princess Anne and Prince Edward, along with other members of the Royal Family, were seen together at the Windsor shoot two days before His Majesty’s 74th birthday.
But what had been intended as a show of support for the embattled Duke of York has had repercussions for their relationships with the new King.
Prince Andrew was spotted at a shooting party on the Windsor estate last Saturday with two of his siblings – a gathering from which King Charles has been keen to distance himself
A source told The Mail on Sunday that the King had decided not to attend the shoot – and was displeased that his younger brother Andrew was in attendance.
The source added: ‘King Charles was said to be displeased that Edward and Anne had been publicly meeting up with Andrew and wanted it made clear that he had not been part of the shoot.
‘Anne and Edward had been privately concerned about Andrew and wanted to check on him.
‘But Charles’s view is that he should not be in the public eye. His Majesty was not thrilled at all.’
While Andrew is expected to be received by the King at Sandringham for Christmas, he will not be included in the Royal Family’s annual walk to St Mary Magdalene Church on Christmas Day.
However, Andrew isn’t the only sibling with whom the King is said to have slightly frosty relations.
Perhaps surprisingly, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, despite their tireless work supporting the late Queen and now the new King, do not appear to be in the new monarch’s inner-most circle.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex – who attended the shooting party – do not appear to be in the new monarch’s inner-most circle despite their work supporting him and the late Queen
Edward has not been awarded with the Duke of Edinburgh title that many expected him to inherit after his father’s death a year and a half ago.
At one point in time, the notion that Prince Edward would inherit his father’s title was such a certainty, it was even listed on the official Royal website.
Today, however, it is still unknown when – or even if – the King will grant the honour. As one source close to the Royal Family herely remarked: ‘It hasn’t gone unnoticed.’
A source said Anne had been privately concerned about Andrew and wanted to check on him